These Raw Postpartum Body Photos Celebrate a Mom's Incredible Strength
Mikaela Shannon believes in loving yourself, no matter who you are or what size your body is. The talented photographer brought her motto into her professional life when she decided to empower new moms by taking photos that celebrated their postbaby bodies.
For Mikaela, her "Love Your Postpartum" photo series isn't just about encouraging new moms to see the strength in their bodies but to show women who aren't moms yet just how incredible their bodies are — even after birth. "I hope to help moms embrace the changes that come with having children," Mikaela told POPSUGAR. "I also want to help heal moms of the many different issues that can come along with having a child. There are even a couple of moms coming whose babies are now guardian angels, and even though their babies aren't physically here, they are still postpartum mommas!"
The community's response to these photos has blown Mikaela away as moms continue to sign up for the sessions. Janet Katherine, a new mom who is participating in an upcoming shoot, shared her feelings on showcasing her postpartum body:
I chose to participate in this photo series because this right here is how I want to look back and remember my body. This is how I want my children to remember my body. Real, imperfect, strong, capable, and MINE to do what I want with, not for others to judge.
This body of mine has changed, and truthfully embracing that change hasn't been easy, but I am making a conscious choice to celebrate it and love it. To teach my children that I am proud of this body. It is mine, it is strong, it allows me to do many things, and its greatest accomplishment so far: it once housed and continues to nourish and care for my two incredible children.